Our Kolkata is a city of different culture and religion. Kolkata have people from different part of this planet. So a vast cultural and religious difference has been found on the soil of the city but that can never draw a border line between the hearts of Kolkatans.
In Kolkata there are Hindu temples, Muslim mosques, Christian churches and Buddhist shrines are standing side by side since year after years. Among these entire religious places one much known name is Jain Temple or Pareshnath Jain Temple. It is situated to the North East of Kolkata at Badridas Temple Street which is a busy part of the city. It was established in the year 1867 by an art expert named Ray Badridas Bahadur and dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankar, Pareshnath.
Since then it becomes the core place of worship for the Jain Community of Kolkata. In the cosmopolitan city of Kolkata, The people of Jain Community take an ample place who are primarily involved in merchandise and trading businesses. The Jains are pure vegetarians and follow the path of Ahimsa, the non-violence. Now they became an inevitable part of this city and its culture.
The main temple was established in the honor of 10th Jain Avtaar, Sri Sital Nath Ji and has a deity of him. Inside the sanctum sanctorum there is a lamp which has been burning ever since the temple was established. So it has a high historic value as a witness of many significant events for centuries. Apart from Lord Shitalnathji’s shrine, there are three other shrines dedicated to Chanda Prabhujidev, Dadaji Garu and Kushalji Maharaj and the last temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the last Tirthankar who was a contemporary of Lord Buddha. The temple is open between 6 A.M. – 12 P.M. and 3 P.M. – 7 P.M for the general devotee & visitors.
The temple is an example of magnificent artistic work as it is decorated with exquisite paintings of renowned painter Ganesh Muskare. The interiors of the shrine are amazingly covered with mirrors & glasses. The floor is welcoming the visitors with the open arm of fine marbles. The exotic uses of precious metals & diamonds have given it a unique look. The outer part is also very attractive with a beautiful garden and some awesome European statues. The temple is a gem of Kolkata, there is no doubt of it.
It has been attracting people from various part of this whole world since decays and will always remain a centre of attraction for the visitors of Kolkata.